St Peter’s Italian Church Procession

Opened in 1863, St Peter’s Italian Church on Clerkenwell Road has since the 1880s held an annual Procession in Honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The original Catholic Procession was thought to have been the first since the Reformation.

The pictures were taken at the 2023 Procession on Sunday 16th July, the 2024 Procession is on Sunday 21st July.

Outside The Church

The normally busy Clerkenwell Road, close to Farringdon Station, was closed to traffic by the Police for the procession. The Italian church, where Catholic services are conducted in Italian, is at the heart of Little Italy in the area around Hatton Garden.

The church has a short frontage to Clerkenwell Road with unmistakably Italian architecture.

The crowd of Parishioners followed the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as it was carried shoulder high through Little Italy.

The Floats

Several floats were part of the Procession, presenting Biblical scenes from the story of Jesus.

The Procession

The Route
  1. Leave St Peter’s Italian church
  2. Clerkenwell Road
  3. Leather Lane
  4. Greville Street
  5. Hatton Garden
  6. Return to St Peter’s Italian church
The Procession’s Makeup

01: The Cross of Peace

02: Flags and Peace in the World

03: San Francesco d’Assisi e Santa Caterina da Siena – Patroni d’Italia St Francis of Assisi and St Catherine of Siena – Patron saints of Italy

04: Regional Costumes

05: Consorelle del Sacro Cuore

06: Sant’ Antonio di Padova – Saint Anthony of Padua

07: Sutton, Croydon, Epsom and Wimbledon with Sant’ Antonio Federazione Maestri del Lavoro

08: Santa Lucia Saint Lucy

09: Band

10: Madonna di Fatima – Our Lady of Fatima

11: Parmigiani Val Ceno

12: The Four Evangelists Madonna della Neve – Our Lady of Snows

13: The Annunciation

14: Madonna del Soccorso – Our Lady of Perpetual Help San Calogero Saint Calogero

15: Lucchesi nel Mondo

16: “Let the little children come to me”

17: San Francesco di Paola – Saint Francis of Paola

18: Santa Franca – Saint Franca “I am the water of life”

19: Santa Rita di Cascia – Saint Rita of Cascia

20: Aylesbury with banner of Padre Pio Gruppo di Preghiera di Padre Pio

21: The Way of the Cross

22: The Pieta’

23: San Michele Arcangelo – Saint Michael the Archangel

24: St Peter’s Youth Club

25: Teams from the O.G.I.

26: Resurrection Banner with the Gruppo Carismatico

27: Christ with the First Communicants

28: Missione Cattolica Italiana di Enfield

29: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock

30: Confratelli del SS Sacramento

31: The Clergy

32: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

33: Parishioners

Food Market

Warner Street, to the rear of St Peter’s Church, was thronged with people enjoying authenticate Italian food.

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